‘Dead Pool 2’ is something of a rather odd phenomenon, which follows suit to the original’s unconventional and unforseen blockbuster success. This film is made up of odd, quirky little clichés that somehow works. Writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds team up for what will be one of the highest grossing superhero movies of the summer. ‘Dead Pool 2’ has rightfully earned its ‘R’ rating because of graphic violence, vulgarity, and nudity scenes. However, I enjoyed this film because I was able to get all the mostly 80’s and 90’s pop culture references and appreciated the unexpected twists and turns inserted into the story line.
This morbid tale begins reminding us that Marvel’s unusual timeline of events killed ‘”Wolverine off” (Hugh Jackman), a fact that is an important tidbit to Dead Pool’s existence. It leaves room for him to obtain jobs as a mercenary to relieve the world of criminals without any type of competition or consequence….or so we think! Dead Pool (Ryan Reynolds) aka Wade Wilson decides to begin a family with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) ,which leaves both of them vulnerable. Their plans are abruptly cut short by an unforseen incident.
Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) finds Dead Pool devastated and suicidal. In the afterlife, Vanessa tells him that he is not ready to cross over to the other side…that his “heart is not right”. Collosus tries to coax him into being a X-Men recruit. Dead Pool peruses through the estate after Colossus introduces him to a few of the teenage X-Men. His first mission is to assist in calming a mutant boy named Russel Collins (Julian Dennison), who calls himself “Fire Fist’. Dead Pool discovers that Russel and the other children may have been abused at the Essex Orphange.
While locked up with Russel in the ‘Ice Box” mutant jail, Dead Pool continues on his selfish agenda. He does at some point attempt to protect Russell from a future time-traveler called “Cable”. In order to save Russel, Dead Pool rounds up a wayward bunch of recruits for what he calls the X-Force, a derivative of the group X-Men.
In this sequel, I like the fact that writers wanted to diversify the cast, attempting to create satire and combat issues surrounding prejudices and racism of today. The fact that there has female representation gives this film a stronger range for diversity. These strong female characters include Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Nuclear Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and Yukio (Shioli Kutsun).
On another note, we see the likes of some cameos.The fact that Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are only shown for brief moments makes me think that they didn’t want their stardom to ruin the film, or that they may be considered for a superhero roll in one of the Marvel Cinematic Universes at another time. I think these two are fienin’ for a hearty role somewhere!
The film was ripe with laughs and action and was just enough to keep me intrigued. However, I would highly not recommend viewing this film for anyone under the age of 15, even with an adult. I say this because there are some very vulgar scenes. I especially loved the introduction which included a James Bond-type beginning by Celine Dion. Overall, I would rate this film 3 stars out of 4. I enjoyed the diverse casting choices, pop culture references, music, CGI and action scenes.
*****The pop culture references and music that I remember are Ashes-(Celine Dion), X Gon Give It To Ya-(DMX), Tomorrow- (Alicia Morton), St. Elmo’s Fire ‘Man in Motion’- (John Parr), Take My Breath Away-(Berlin), Momma Said Knock You Out-(LL Cool J), All Out of Love- (Air Supply), Take On Me-(Aha), Papa Can You Hear Me?-(Barbara Streisand), Do Wanna Build a Snowman?-(Frozen), In Your Eyes-(Peter Gabriel), Escape-Pina Colada Song-(Rupert Holmes), If I Could Turn Back Time- (Cher), We Belong-(Pat Benetar), Welcome to the Party (featuring French Montana, Diplo, Lil Pump), Only Time-(Enya), Thunderstruck-(AC/DC), Nobody Speak-(DJ Shadow), -9-5 Dolly Parton, Your So Cool- Hanz Zimmer, Bangarang(feat. Sirah) – Skrillex
Cast includes but not limited to:
Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers / Cable
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Morena Baccarin as Vanessa
Zazie Beetz as Domino
Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Brad Pitt as Vanisher
Bill Skarsgård as Zeitgeist
Matt Damon as Redneck #2 (as Dickie Greenleaf)
T.J. Miller as Weasel
Terry Crews as Bedlam
Rob Delaney as Peter
Alan Tudyk as Redneck #2
Julian Dennison as Russell
Lewis Tan as Shatterstar
Jack Kesy as Black Tom Cassidy
Eddie Marsan as Headmaster
Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio
Leslie Uggams as Blind Al
Hayley Sales as Cable’s Wife
Stefan Kapicic as Colossus (voice)
Karan Soni as Dopinder